Corporator?s power show
MANY LOCALITIES, including the Shakti Bhawan, plunged into darkness for more than two hours after the LESA staff switched off the main Jawahar Bhawan sub-station and ran for a cover. The incident took place when a Samajwadi Party (SP) corporator and his supporters struck at the sub-station, abused the staff and locked some of them inside a toilet.india Updated: Jul 11, 2006 01:40 IST
SP leader attacks LESA staff, supply off
MANY LOCALITIES, including the Shakti Bhawan, plunged into darkness for more than two hours after the LESA staff switched off the main Jawahar Bhawan sub-station and ran for a cover. The incident took place when a Samajwadi Party (SP) corporator and his supporters struck at the sub-station, abused the staff and locked some of them inside a toilet.
On getting the information, assistant city magistrate, RP Singh and the SP (City) rushed to the spot with police force and had a tough time persuading corporator Bantu Yadav to allow the LESA staff to come out and switch on the sub-station around midnight.
However, Bantu and his supporters continued to stage demonstration at the sub-station saying that they would not go till the faults were repaired and power supply to all the areas was restored.
Around 10 pm, Bantu accompanied by his supporters entered the Jawahar Bhawan sub-station, protesting against the prolonged power cuts in Narhi. He allegedly man-handled and abused the LESA staff present there. Getting an opportunity junior engineer Sanjay Sharma and a few others ran away. But before leaving, they switched off the sub-station. The mob, however, caught hold of two employees and bolted them inside the toilet.
Since the Jawahar Bhawan caters to many small power sub-stations in the area, it led to wide-spread crisis.
The localities, like Butler Palace, Dalibagh, Rana Pratap Marg, Ashok Marg, Gokhale Marg and Madan Mohan Malviya Marg plunged into darkness for over two hours.
Sharma immediately contacted SDO who in turn passed on the information to all his senior officers.
But no senior LESA officers reached there. According the SDO, he got a call from Shakti Bhawan staff around 10 pm, saying that there was no power supply in the area.
Meanwhile, several parts of the city did not get power supply on Monday following some technical snags.
The areas that did not get power supply were Aishbagh, Indira Nagar, Residency and Dalibagh.
Besides, power supply Indira Nagar, Residency and Aishbagh was snapped as the transformers in these areas developed technical snags.
In the evening, the Jawahar Bhawan power station developed some technical snags which affected the power supply in the VVIP area of Dalibagh, Hazratganj, Park Road.
Decision on Govt plea today
THE UP Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) will announce on Tuesday its decision on the petition filed by the State Government.
The petition sought the review of Commission’s order that has declared the government’s directive on unmetered electricity supply to power loom weavers illegal.
The UPPCL filed a formal petition in the form of an affidavit On Monday. Sources said that the commission was likely allow the State Government to go ahead with its decision to supply electricity to weavers on concessional and fixed rates after deleting some contradictions from the order.